Extension Educator recognized as first Nevada McNair Faculty

August 4, 2015 by Marilyn

Photo of Carol Bishop

Carol Bishop, Northeast Clark County Extension Educator

Recently, Carol Bishop became the first of her cohort to achieve tenure status as University faculty. Bishop participated in the first group of McNair Scholars in 2004 and as of July 2015 became tenured as an Extension Educator in Northeast Clark County for the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.

“Finding the McNair Scholars Program was a blessing,” added Bishop. McNair participants are either first-generation college students with financial need, or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education.”

The purpose of the program is to increase the diversity of academic and administrative faculty on college campuses. As a first generation, low-income, non-traditional (mature) college student, the McNair program exposed Bishop to a different world, one she had never experienced before. Bishop found it eye-opening that there is a whole world that comes with the benefits of a higher income level attained through higher educational degrees. Read about Carol’s journey!

4-H Art’s Camp scheduled

July 30, 2015 by Marilyn

4-H LogoIt’s time to register for the first annual 4-H Art’s Camp offered this summer by Cooperative Extension. The camp, open to youth ages 9-14, is scheduled for August 6-7. The camp will start at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 12:30 p.m.

Every participant can expect to have fun doing a variety of hands-on activities such as theater art, painting, recycled art, creating a camp commercial, tie-dying T-shirts and more. 4-H S.T.E.M. day camps remind youth that learning can be fun! 4-H is an organization that primarily focuses on youth development. Youth involved in 4-H learn leadership, citizenship, technical skills and life skills through active participation in events, projects and community service.


Recognizing plant nutrient deficiencies

July 28, 2015 by Marilyn

When a plant in the ground or in a pot begins to look pale and unhealthy, or starts to show signs of yellowing, reddening or browning leaves, it is probably experiencing some kind of problem. The exception to this is when a change is due to a normal part of the plant’s cycle, e.g. iris foliage dieback; or leaf color changes in deciduous trees in autumn.

Problems may be due to a number of factors — disease, drought, insects or environmental pollution. In order to treat the problem, it is important first to diagnose it.

Find fairly simple tips on solving plant nutrient deficiencies if it is diagnosed correctly.

Iron deficiency photos

Iron deficiency causes younger leaves to turn pale, with veins still green. Older leaves remain green. In some plants, iron deficiency causes leaves to become nearly white. (Photos by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension)

From plums to prunes

July 24, 2015 by Marilyn

Did You Know?Clipart of plums
–In 2000, prunes were renamed to “dried plums” because the name “dried plums” appealed to a broader audience than the name prune.
–Select plums which are smooth, plump, and firm with a little “spring” when given a light squeeze.
–If unripe, ripen plums at room temperature. When ripe, store plums in the refrigerator.

Purchasing tips and more information about plums can be found on our website.

Choosing healthy snacks

July 22, 2015 by Marilyn

Baskets of various vegetables

Enjoy vegetables as a healthy snack!

Children need help in learning which foods are healthy for their bodies. Many children identify foods by taste. If a food tastes good it must be good for you!

However, some foods that taste good are not very healthy for our bodies. So choose foods that taste good and are also good for you! Healthy foods include fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy products.

The Healthy Snacks Fact Sheet-08-38 has tips and information to encourage your child to choose and eat healhty snacks.